DJ Richard Chapman talks to Jean-Yves Gilg about why he believes the role of district judges must radically change and procedures be overhauled if county courts are to effectively tackle upcoming challenges

Growing numbers of litigants in person have been steadily putting pressure on country courts around Britain, forcing district judges to be more imaginative about the way cases are handled. Budget cuts, court closures and the forthcoming rise of the ceiling for small claims are about to push yet more self-represented litigants, as they are now called, in the direction of their local courts.

Faced with such unprecedented challenges, district judges are now calling for more radical solutions. Official packs for litigants and free online resources are among some of the proposals being considered. Most controversial, however, is the suggestion that civil procedure should shift from adversarial to inquisitorial, giving ...

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